Singapore is a shoppers’ paradise. In recent times, thrift shopping and sustainable fashion are gaining popularity as we move towards becoming a more environmentally conscious society. Thrift shops are a great way to obtain unique, one-of-a-kind treasures at a fraction of the price. The bonus? Not only do you save money but in some cases, you also get to support a good cause! Here are our top picks of the best thrift shops in Singapore.
Refash is one of the largest thrift shop chains in Singapore, with 6 physical outlets located island-wide. The store stocks quality items that are in pristine condition and they have processed almost 2 million articles of clothing to date.
REFASH, multiple locations, www.refash.sg
Nightingale Thrift Shop opened in October 2020, making it a relative newcomer to the secondhand shopping scene in Singapore. Its mission is a noble one, using proceeds to fund and train individuals with special needs as well as to make direct donations to needy families. Opens 2-7pm. Close on Thursdays.
Nightingale Thrift Shop, 1 Queensway Road, #02-36, Queensway Shopping Centre, Singapore 149053, www.m.facebook.com/nightingalethrift.sg
Something Old Something New (SOSN) is a social enterprise thrift shop selling preloved items and a platform to train and equip persons recovering from mental health issues with retail and logistic skills to boost their employability. They also operate on the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle.
SOSN, multiple locations. See website for opening hours.
A shop that is run completely by volunteers, you’ll find women’s clothes, accessories, and even household items available for sale at New2U. It’s under the Singapore Council of Women’s Organization (SCWO), so all proceeds go towards the Star Shelter — a temporary refuge for women and children, as well as the SCWO’s other initiatives. The space is jam-packed with a wide selection of pre-loved clothing, with apparel going as cheap as S$1. Opens Monday to Friday 10:30am-2:30pm.
New2U, 96 Waterloo St, Singapore 187967, www.scwo.org.sg/what-we-do/facilities/new2u-thrift-shop
With 3 locations around Singapore, easties, westies, and north-dwellers alike will be able to conveniently check out this thrift store. The Barn is completely volunteer-run, and proceeds go to funding Cornerstone Community Service’s welfare programs. Like many thrift shops in Singapore, offerings at The Barn are not limited to pre-loved fashion items. You will be able to find a range of lifestyle items such as tiffin lunch boxes and glassware sets. Those up for refurbishing tech gadgets can even purchase old cameras or appliances.
The Barn, multiple locations, www.cornerstoneservices.org.sg/the-barn
Nonmainstream is another cool shop you can find in the Kampong Gelam precinct. It's trendy to be thrifty these days and at this hip vintage store you can snap up bright Nike windbreakers, retro sporty sweatshirts, oversized polo shirts, graphic tees, and more for affordable prices. Opens Friday to Sunday from 1pm to 7pm.
Nonmainstream, #02-73 462A Crawford Ln, Singapore 191462, www.facebook.com/nonmainstreamvtg
If you’re looking for trendy band tees or rare vintage finds, you need to visit Loop Garms. The store’s owners — only in their twenties — founded Loop Garms because of their passion for vintage clothes. The items in Loop Garms tend to go quickly, especially rare finds from brands like Nike and Supreme! Prices start from $15 for caps and t-shirts – also look out for special edition threads available in-store. Opens Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 7:30pm.
Loop Garms, 635 Veerasamy Rd, #01-148, Singapore 200635, www.instagram.com/loopgarms
Dustbunny Vintage has been in the business of vintage dresses and accessories for over 15 years, scouring many continents for its wide range of vintage dresses. It is home to one of Singapore's largest single collection of evening gowns, swing dresses, handbags, and vintage jewelry from the 1950s,60s,70s, and 80s. Opens Monday to Friday from 12:30 to 8:30pm and Saturday from 1pm to 7pm.
Dustbunny Vintage, 2-A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089110, www.dustbunnyvintage.com
Need some fashion advice? You can count on the owner of Thrifty Trendz to find suitable pieces for you, as she keeps up with the latest trends. Some trendy pieces at the shop include patterned tops and bags, authentic designer wallets, and attractive jewelry. Opens Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday to Sunday from 10:30am to 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
ThriftyTrendz, 22 Yio Chu Kang Rd, #02-30 Highland Centre, Singapore 545535, www.facebook.com/thriftytrendz.sg
EXIT is a curated fashion retail store featuring global streetwear labels and our house-brand EXIT LABS. Founded in 2018, EXIT started with the goal of creating a safe space for streetwear lovers to connect, buy and sell their favorite grails. EXIT carries a wide range of rare, limited-edition streetwear brands and they are constantly on the lookout for the latest products. Opens Monday to Sunday from 1pm to 9pm.
EXIT, 8 Grange Rd, #02-04 Cineleisure, Singapore 239695, www.exit-co.store
EXIT KICKS, 150 Orchard Road, #05-24 Orchard Plaza, Singapore 238841
EXIT VINTAGE, Queensway Shopping Centre #02-37J, 1 Queensway, Singapore 149071